Texans bring in Hughes to provide Pass Rush

One of the nice things about the draft that Nick Caserio and the Houston Texans did a couple of weeks ago is that they tackled just about every position group. The only pressing need they didn’t try to fill with a future rookie was pass rush, so they were left to improvise that in a different way.

It looks like that way will be through veteran free agents on short-term moderate-money deals. Last week, they signed Rasheem Green (6.5 sacks last season) away from the Seattle Seahawks. Yesterday, they announced the signing of Buffalo free agent defensive end Nario Addison, a deal that had been reported last week. Finally, they made the residents of Sugar Land very happy by bringing back a prodigal son, former Fort Bend Austin High and TCU producer Jerry Hughes, who was also recently with the Buffalo Bills.

Hughes spent virtually the last decade in Buffalo, where he became the fourth all-time sack leader in Bills history with 53 sacks. He now heads into his 13th season in the league and will try to provide a veteran presence in Lovie Smith’s defense. Some thoughts on this most recent Texans signing:

Jerry Hughes returns home, following a trend
As mentioned above, Hughes played his high school ball in the Houston area, when he was a little-known running back at Fort Bend Austin. From there, Gary Patterson had him go through the position change car wash at TCU, and he came out the other side as an All American edge rusher. If Lovie Smith is to be believed, it’s no accident that so many REAL Texas players are ending up on the Houston Texans:

Another win for Jacques Cesarie, Texans defensive line coach

Cesaire spent the last two seasons in Buffalo as an assistant defensive line coach, so it’s no coincidence that the Texans’ two most recent free-agent signings were part of Buffalo’s defensive line group last season: Mario Addison, whose signing became official Tuesday, and Hugs. Cesaire is a young, energetic coach with a great personality. It’s nice to have a staff that is seen as an asset in recruiting free agents to play on a rebuilding team.

Jerry Hughes fits the cultural mantra “Faith, Family, Football”
Take a look at this YouTube feature on Hughes from a few years ago, and it’s really easy to see why the Texans like him so much, and it’s easy to see why he was so popular in Buffalo during the nine seasons he played there:
Man, people in Buffalo really, REALLY like Jerry Hughes.
Yes, if you’re wondering what the Bills Mafia (the Bills fanbase’s self-proclaimed moniker) thought of Hughes, just go to Twitter and search for Hughes’ name with the hashtag “#BillsMafia.” He is loved up there. If you just want a sample, please click the video below:

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